Have an Implanted Defibrillator? Beware the iPad Smart Cover

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If you or someone you know has an implanted heart defibrillator they should be warned that the magnets in the iPad Smart Cover are strong enough to deactivate the defibrillator.

This news came out as the result of a 14 year old student’s science project, and it has received a lot of attention from the medical community. So much so that this 14 year old has been invited to speak to 8000 doctors at a Heart Rhythm Society meeting.

Apparently, if you are curled up all comfy with your iPad, start to doze off and lay the iPad face down on your chest, the magnets in the cover can actually cause the defibrillator to malfunction or even shut off.

Wow. You can read more about this issue here, here, here and here.

I’m sure we’ll hear more about this. But in the meantime, if you know someone with a defibrillator, it would be a good idea to let them know about this concern. It is safe to use an iPad, holding it at the typical ‘using distance’. The caution: don’t fall asleep with it laying on your chest!


16 thoughts on “Have an Implanted Defibrillator? Beware the iPad Smart Cover

  1. Wow. That sounds scary! What does the so-called “smart cover” do, anyway? Just adhere to the iPad? I mean, that’s not all that smart, frankly. I have refrigerator magnets that can do that. So surely it has other functions?

    • ha ha. That’s exactly right. It adheres. But it also puts the iPad to ‘sleep’, and when you open the cover, the iPad wakes up. I have a smart cover on my iPad and I do like it. It is also supposed to fold back and be a stand, but I never feel comfortable using it that way. So maybe it’s not crazy smart …. just average intelligence. 😆

      • Not sure “The Average Intelligence Cover” would have done so well in marketing this product. I can see why they would have wanted to stretch that a bit!

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